Cairo Man Sentenced on Gun, Drug Charges
Montarico C. Johnson, 32, of Cairo, Illinois, was sentenced to federal prison on gun and drug charges, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Johnson was sentenced to 210 months imprisonment, three years supervised release following his imprisonment, and fined $500.
Johnson was previously convicted by a jury of one count of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Evidence at trial showed that on February 18, 2010, Johnson (who is a convicted felon) sold both crack cocaine and a firearm to a confidential source working with law enforcement. At sentencing, the court determined that Johnson was a career offender because Johnson had two previously felony convictions involving crimes of violence.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Illinois State Police.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.